Mass. trooper, toddler, 2 others injured in rollover crash

A speeding vehicle struck the side of the trooper's patrol vehicle, injuring the trooper and the vehicle's occupants

Jackson Cote

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A rollover crash on Interstate 95 in a Massachusetts town injured a Massachusetts State Police trooper as well as a toddler and two other adults, authorities said.

The officer was on patrol around 3:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 10 when he saw a 2002 Toyota Camry start to turn into the median crossover connected to the southbound side of the highway, according to the statement.

A Massachusetts trooper and three others were injured during a rollover crash. (Photo/TNS)
A Massachusetts trooper and three others were injured during a rollover crash. (Photo/TNS)

After stopping the Camry in the median and explaining to the driver, a 79-year-old Littleton woman, that such a turn is illegal, the trooper used his cruiser to help the Camry back into the northbound lanes, the statement said.

The cruiser’s lights were activated, and the Camry reentered the northbound side of I-95. At that point, a 2007 Honda Civic, driven by the 27-year-old man, failed to slow down before reaching the cars in front of him, according to state police.

“Rather, the Civic moved suddenly to the right to try to get around the cruiser and the other vehicle,” state police said. “As it did so, the Civic struck the passenger side of the cruiser and then rolled over, coming to rest on its roof.”

The trooper radioed in the crash and began to give emergency aid to the man, the 28-year-old woman, who was riding passenger, and the one-year-old girl, according to authorities.

The man and the woman, who are both from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and the child were taken to Boston Medical Center. The trooper was taken to Norwood Hospital, authorities said.

The driver of the Camry was not injured, but that Littleton woman’s car was damaged, state police said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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